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A Resolution Revelation: Shorten Your List!

I hope you had a fabulous holiday and have started the New Year with a smile and some bubbles. While many people spend the holidays making their gift list and checking it twice, others focus more attention on their New Year’s resolution list. I am one of those people. As a New Year’s baby, I’ve always taken my resolution making seriously. Each year I bring out my special New Year’s diary and write down 10 resolutions for the year. It has always been 10 resolution plus 10 things I am grateful for. I’ve been doing this same ritual since 1989.

Did you know only only 8% of people keep their New Year’s resolutions? Doing some research for this post I found this list of the top New Year’s resolutions. Are any of them on your list?

Rank Top 10 New Years Top Top
1 Lose Weight
2 Getting Organized
3 Spend Less, Save More
4 Enjoy Life to the Fullest
5 Staying Fit and Healthy
6 Learn Something Exciting
7 Quit Smoking
8 Help Others in Their Dreams
9 Fall in Love
10 Spend More Time with Family

Let’s face it. These are high goals to set and keep, especially if you try to adhere to multiple resolutions in one year. Just attaining one big goal is enough for some people. Why tax yourself with trying to overreach when you can simplify and attain better success?

Maybe your New Year's resolution should be aim for less and shorten your list to achieve better results.

Tweet me: Maybe your 1rst New Year’s resolution should be to shorten your list and aim for less to achieve better results. #fearlessfabulousyou

I decided for 2016 to shorten my list since my first resolution is to place less demands on myself and live with more serendipity. I’m having a resolution revelation. I figure the fewer resolutions I make, the easier it is to succeed in following them through. When I coach individuals on managing their lives I begin with teaching them how to manage the demands they put on themselves and their expectations. Sometimes expecting less opens you up to accepting more.

Maybe 2016 is the year to shorten your resolution list and focus on just a few things that you can manage better Think taking smaller, slower, steadier steps to reach your goal(s) rather than stumbling over potentially larger missteps by going too fast.

Things to consider if you want realize your resolutions:
1. Is it realistically attainable within the life you lead now and, if not, are you willing to make the necessary changes?
2. Are you prepared to make a full on commitment to make it happen?
3. How will you be able to sustain the change(s) you are about to make?
4. Are you making a resolution that requires the acceptance or input of another person (e.g., falling in love)?
5. Are you going to be patient with your self since change will not happen overnight?

Maybe instead of just focusing on a New Year: A New You, take a New Look at the Old You first and appreciate what you have achieved. #fearlessfabulousyou


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